Under: Self-defense
11 Oct 2015

6 Responses to “Fighting, Weapons and Critical Distance Perspectives”

  1. Dr. J Says:

    Thanks for this discussion, John! You make several important and useful points. I’ve often thought about how I would use my karate skills against various weapons. (I already know about a pack of dogs :-) I hope one of the advantages we have from being around the martial arts is seeing so many different types of weapons demonstrated even if we don’t have that level of skills, at least we know what they can do.

    While watching the video, I had this image of an electrician, carpenter, and plumber fighting! That’s why I only have one of them working on the house at a time, lol

  2. Toby Massell Says:

    Good stuff as usual John.
    Some points you bring up about not fighting the fight, the knife fight etc are crucial.

    Improvisation in all techniques are crucial, not just weapons.

    Anything can be used as a weapon even if it can’t hurt anyone. For example, a hat can be used as a distraction weapon.

  3. Jamie Says:

    Awesome post. I definitely agree with you on not trying to become something you’re not when a fight breaks out. With the stress of the situation and your adrenaline pumping, the situation is difficult enough to deal with without trying something new.

    I would feel confident in using my muay thai skills to defend myself, but I’ve never tried to integrate weapons into my striking. I’m sure the two would work well though and I could use a hand-held weapon in combination with front kicks to push attackers off, and low kicks to disable an attacker.

  4. Kiki Says:

    I can’t get enough of these training videos. When it comes to training with improvised weapons, I will always recommend having something you can grab onto that is more than just a means to hit. A small can of pepper spray or a taser are my best friends in a fight. Thanks for the info.-yoursecurityguru.com

  5. Tony Dimattes Says:

    Very true Jamie…

    One must always avoid getting into unwanted troubles….

    But I have a very small question, if somebody is not trained in any of the skill and he or she has to face the danger and there is no escape… than what that person should do??????

    Well, here I want to say via this question that nobody is interested in getting in trouble.. But if such situation arrives… one should have some sort of self defense tool that could help them to get out of such dangers and buy time to call for a better help…

    I thank you John for sharing this post and motivating people to become more capable and alert…

    Great Share!!

  6. John W. Zimmer Says:

    I believe in a layered defense strategy, meaning learn to fight (whatever you want to call it), get into shape so you can fight, become proficient in improvised weapons, get lethal and non-lethal weapons to the extent they are legal where you live and be observant. Maybe get a large dog or two for at home.

    Bottom line you are in charge of your self defense – the cops will not be there initially if you get attacked.

    Good luck